What’s a graduate? It’s me, it’s me! Sorry, that was lame. After four great years at Northeastern University [read: yes, 4 years, I’m dumb and didn’t do the fabulous 5 everyone else does] it’s time to move on because I have to. That’s right, they don’t let you stay forever.
I’ll just be discussing the days leading up to graduation in snapshots (credits to friends, sisters, iPhones, random onlookers):
Graduating isn’t a one-day event. It’s really like saying farewell to everything you’ve loved over the course of multiple days, because what else would we do? One of my favorite graduation ceremonies was the lei ceremony [read: getting lei’d is still a good joke] at the Asian American Center here on campus (the folks who brought us Destin(Asian) and delicious food at the very minimum). Seniors received leis in a very heartwarming ceremony. We had three leis: 1) signifying a hello & goodbye, 2) a more permanent non-flower lei made of kukui beads, and 3) a beautiful white lei donated by peers. And, at the very end, we got to leave our own marks on the Center with a Polaroid photo and a message. I feel thankful for having had this Destin(Asian) all these years.
I would not have gone to college had it not been for the personal, professional, and financial support of the University Scholars Program at Northeastern University. Furthermore, I wouldn’t have found incredible professors to call ‘best friends’ (yes, it’s true), and who consider me to be exceptionally bright to the point where I begin to believe it as well. There’s something wonderful about the people I’ve met through the program, and I think it was exemplified well through the surprise medallions we all received over a night of dinner, dessert, and fearless dancing.
English High Tea
What’s more English than an afternoon high tea? At this point, my family had made it in (Mom, Dad, Grandma also known as Ba) and we were able to get some tea, coffee, scones (!), and company. The Department of English has been my home here and has brought me so much joy. I’ll be sharing my thoughts from a final exam in a separate post about what it means to study English and why it’s been so important to me. I’ll keep it short for now: not many students are able to enjoy every class, every reading, every discussion, every quirky professor but I’ve been enriched by this and would do it again in a heartbeat. It’s been like traveling to other worlds whenever I wanted, and changing professions along with it, and names, and features, and dreams. I could go on forever, truly. I also think that it was a pleasure for my family, made of educators primarily (pictured here, my grandma was a teacher back in the day), to meet the department and see how I’ve been able to get on in my time here.
Senior Week: Senior Gala
And let the senior events begin! In classic senior fashion, I only attended 2 events. Senioritis is real, anybody who thinks otherwise just hasn’t gotten there yet. The Senior Gala was a nice evening event on the 17th floor of East Village, one of our new venues on campus, filled with seniors I hadn’t seen in years and some Chinese food. Truly thankful for the champagne flutes with the Northeastern seal on them and the matching red dress action with my friend Alexandra. We said it was as if we went to a very small intimate party, or even a very formal date, and everyone else was intruding on us. I can’t say that’s not true, now, can I?
Senior Week: Red Sox vs. Orioles
Wow, has it really been three years since my last Red Sox game at Fenway Park? That was freshman year, so it’s only fitting. That game, the Sox won against the Yankees by a landslide and we got that win again! This time, though, all of Northeastern was there for Senior Night at Fenway Park and it was hilarious to see everyone I hadn’t seen in years in one little section of the bleachers. I’m looking forward to a summer in the stands singing “Sweet Caroline” with some recent graduates. The recent graduates featured here are also sister friends of mine, basically my two big sisters, who encourage the silly alliteration about being seniors in Fenway Park.
And the big day: Commencement 2017 in TD Garden. It was exhausting, early, exhilarating, and everything I would want in a graduation ceremony. Christiane Amanpour’s words welcomed us to the real world, remembering to always “stay truthful, but never neutral.” Our president spoke to a robot pretty much just to make it go viral, as I’m sure the speech will soon enough. My friend, and whose sublet I took over for the summer, gave the commencement speech. And I got to take my crew out to lunch after for Indian food on a rainy day. It was a nice farewell and an equally eventful memory.
Celebrating with Family
After moving out, we drove down to New Jersey for a small [read: huge] family celebration on the occasion. It was just as hilarious as expected featuring a Sneha-themed Family Feud game between different sides of my family. It was also very wonderful to see everyone come together for this time in my life. I’m happy I got to drive down and spend the weekend with them, and with friends who went out of their way to join the Pandyas!, and am looking forward to seeing them soon. It was well worth the multiple hour drive, and the very scrappy decorating done by my family to put this all together, just to be there for a few days with them. Besides, we had an open bar.
Moving Right Back In
That’s right I am staying in Boston! As of now, I’ll be here studying for the LSAT [read: dying] and rarely writing about it because that’s boring. And also figuring out the rest of my life, so stay tuned for me! Thank you for sticking with me through this collegiate journey; man, this site started during my sophomore year study abroad and here I am writing about the end of my time at Northeastern. Onwards, or something?